du·​ra·​ble | \ ˈdu̇r-ə-bəl How to pronounce durable (audio) also ˈdyu̇r- \

Definition of durable

: able to exist for a long time without significant deterioration in quality or value a durable suitcase also : designed to be durable durable goods

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durability \ ˌdu̇r-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce durable (audio) , ˌdyu̇r-​ \ noun
durableness \ ˈdu̇r-​ə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce durable (audio) , ˈdyu̇r-​ \ noun
durably \ ˈdu̇r-​ə-​blē How to pronounce durable (audio) , ˈdyu̇r-​ \ adverb

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lasting, permanent, durable, stable mean enduring for so long as to seem fixed or established. lasting implies a capacity to continue indefinitely. a book that left a lasting impression on me permanent adds usually the implication of being designed or planned to stand or continue indefinitely. permanent living arrangements durable implies power to resist destructive agencies. durable fabrics stable implies lastingness because of resistance to being overturned or displaced. a stable government

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Something "durable" lasts a long time, so it's no surprise that the word comes to us, via Anglo-French, from the Latin verb durare, meaning "to last." Other descendants of "durare" in English include "during," "endure," and "durance" (which now mostly turns up in the phrase "in durance vile," a fancy way of saying "in prison"). "Durable" even has a near synonym in the much rarer "perdurable," which combines "durare" with the prefix per- (meaning "throughout") to create a word that can mean "lasting a very long time or indefinitely" or "eternal."

Examples of durable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The considerable DynaRig is low in maintenance yet highly durable, meaning a smaller crew is required. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 11 Oct. 2021 Mayfield has been particularly durable throughout his career. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 7 Oct. 2021 Because their furniture is so durable, Raub also believes that there’s an opportunity to buy its furniture back from customers and resell in a secondary market, attracting consumers who could only afford resold products. Richard Kestenbaum, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 The yard was overgrown, but inside, there were sturdy tote bags, durable puzzles and wooden toys and extensive, arguably ostentatious, libraries. New York Times, 5 Oct. 2021 Burrow Leather in Portland has handcrafted, durable leather dog leash ($55) made entirely by hand with thick, 10-ounce, full-grain English bridal leather. oregonlive, 4 Oct. 2021 McCullers has been the Astros' best starter, but Valdez is known to have a more durable arm that bounces back quickly. Matt Young, Chron, 4 Oct. 2021 In 2000, Hunt was granted a five-year extension at Ras Issa, but a more durable storage facility was clearly needed. The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 This is because in this arid country, home to a rich soil, wheat crops get just enough water to grow, leading to a sturdier, durable wheat with a richer, more concentrated taste. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Oct. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'durable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of durable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for durable

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin durabilis, from durare to last — more at during

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“Durable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/durable. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of durable

: staying strong and in good condition over a long period of time


du·​ra·​ble | \ ˈdu̇r-ə-bəl How to pronounce durable (audio) , ˈdyu̇r- \

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: able to last a long time durable furniture


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